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A Week in Literary History

October 16th, 2002

In 1854, Irish playwright Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895) is born in Dublin.

Oscar Wilde, b. October 16, 1854, d. 1900

“Either it goes or I do.” So declared Wilde of his wallpaper, while he lay dying in a cheap Paris hotel. The divine Oscar, who virtually self-destructed at forty-six, will always be remembered for his witty, sardonic one-liners and, one suspects, for little else. Still, there were enough of them to stock several plays and innumberable essays.

Suggested Reading Plays Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1892. Salomé, 1893. A Woman of No Importance, 1893. The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895. Prose Intentions, 1891. The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891. De Profundis, 1905.

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